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RBNY officially announce USL Pro franchise

We still don't have a lot of details, except we know it's going to happen.

The New York Red Bulls announced today that they will be starting a USL Pro side in 2015.

"We are proud about this important moment in the history of our organization," said Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "This platform will integrate coaches, players and staff at all levels from the Academy, USL PRO and First Team as we are excited to start competing at the USL PRO level this season.

We are extremely committed to excellence as a club, investing in all areas of player development and providing a pathway such that our sporting operations have a more efficient opportunity to align tactically, technically and philosophically."

"This is a great opportunity for us as a club to provide our younger players with a professional environment to compete in and develop into legitimate first team players," said head coach Jesse Marsch. "Our commitment to youth development is very important to us and the addition of a USL PRO team strengthens that."

The new team meets the requirement from MLS to either field a USL Pro side or affiliate with one in 2015. No other details are available at this time, except for that they'll train in Hanover, NJ, where the Red Bull training facility is located. At least we know it's happening though.